Buddha tattoos come in many forms and depictions. They are based on the story of Siddhartha Guatama who was born a prince but then left to become an ascetic. After discovering his 4 noble truths he founded the principles of Buddhism and preached to the world what he believed were the correct ways of attaining ultimate truth and knowledge. One of the basic principles of Buddhism is the detachment of the material world. Many Buddha tattoos depict him meditating on a lotus flower or under a tree. It is one of the best ways to show ones relationship to the detaching of the material self and the search for a more meaningful life.